well crafted as a tactic. i don't know if it's a strategy. basically saying, republicans, we're going to put a lot of pressure on you because middle class, 97% of the country want those tax cuts kept, they to want keep them, go holiday shopping. don't use the rich people and their purposes as an excuse to screw the middle class. >> reporter: that's right. look, the one thing the president did do is he did leave himself a tiny bit of wiggle room for republicans to say, hey, i'm willing to listen to a compromise if you don't want to just move all of the bush tax rates up to the clinton tax rates, essentially, from 35% to 39%. obviously, the president was making his case, hey, that bill, it passed the senate. it's sitting there. if the house passes it, then we've passed the tax rates for the 98%. then have you this other debate. he left himself -- what was interesting there, when i pressed him about, is this a red line, are you not going to support any deal that doesn't raise tax rates on the wealthy and he stopped short of that. >> let's watch that, chuck.